Fire protection company names regional GM

Don Hennessy Courtesy CertaSite

A newly formed commercial fire protection and safety company chose a leader for its West Michigan operation.

Indianapolis-based CertaSite said it appointed Don Hennessy as the general manager for its West Michigan operations.

“With Don at the helm, we’re looking forward to serving our customers in this growing market,” said Jeff Wyatt, CEO of CertaSite. “West Michigan’s thriving economy is the perfect place for our team to expand, and we are excited to share our technology-based platform with the diverse industries we serve.”

CertaSite entered West Michigan in 2018 with the acquisition of Kalamazoo’s Approved Protection Systems and Field’s Fire Protection in Grand Rapids. Both companies assumed the CertaSite name and brand following the acquisition.

As general manager, Hennessy will lead the CertaSite teams in both markets while “strengthening the sales division and delivering on CertaSite’s technology-based service platform for new and existing customers.”

“We’re modernizing our industry at CertaSite by building an entirely new platform that results in better data for our customers, allowing them to plan and manage their resources in a way that makes sense for them,” Hennessy said.

“We also are making the customer experience better for the people we protect because of the wide variety of services we provide. Whatever our customers need in terms of life safety, we can effectively manage it for them.”

Hennessy joined Approved Protection Systems in 1991 shortly after immigrating to Kalamazoo from County Cork, Ireland.

He served in a number of roles, ranging from technician to scheduling to service manager.

He said he intends to leverage CertaSite’s professional development opportunities to mentor and lift up employees, investing in continuing education to ensure employees pursue additional certifications and recognitions.

“I firmly believe you can have a good career in the commercial fire protection and life safety industry,” Hennessy said. “CertaSite’s programs for employees represent an investment in their personal growth that impacts more than our daily work. It directly contributes to job satisfaction and longevity in our industry, ultimately leaving a lasting impact on our customers.”


Founded in 2018, CertaSite is a commercial fire protection and life safety company that serves 13 locations in the Midwest with plans to strategically grow in new markets in 2020, including Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee.

CertaSite has made eight acquisitions since its inception: ABC Fire Extinguisher Co. in Youngstown, Ohio; Approved Protection Systems in Kalamazoo; Approved Safety and Security in South Bend, Indiana; Company One Suppression in Illinois and Iowa; County Fire Protection in Ohio; Erlich Protection Systems in Farmington Hills; Field’s Fire Protection in Grand Rapids; and Spears Fire & Safety in Jackson.

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